Tuesday, June 26, 2012
By Alison Turner for Exceptional Canine
If you and your dog have some free time in the months to come, you can fill it up quickly. That’s because dog festivals are growing in popularity across Australia.
Here are a few favourites you can check out with your furry pal:
The Australian Kelpie Muster
9-10 June, 2012
Showcasing the mighty Aussie Kelpie, the Casterton Kelpie Muster features a whole bunch of activities for Kelpie owners and dog lovers alike, including a poets breakfast, the iron Kelpie hill climb, the stockman’s challenge and a special Kelpie triathlon. There’s also a working dog auction, during which buyers and sellers get together to check out the dogs’ talents.
2012 Sled Dog Challenge
1-12 August, 2012
Mt Hotham, Vic
Check out Australia’s only sled dog race on snow, which attracts the very best mushers and sled dog teams from here and around the world. About 350 excited dogs are expected to take part in two-, three-, four-, six- and eight-dog team events.
National Agility Dog Trials
29-31 August, 2012
An exciting event during which champion agility dogs from around the country compete, the National Agility Dog Trials features a number of agility, obstacle and jumping games. It’s fast-paced and exciting, and the dogs love it!
World Dog Games
1 November, 2012
Acer Arena, Homebush, NSW
For serious doggie athletes only, the World Dog Games see some of the world’s best canine champs competing for the title of Top Dog! Events include agility, flyball, canine disc and the exciting new DockDogs Big Air diving competition!
Annual Bredbo Sheep Dog Trials
16-18 November, 2012
Run on two fields of the Bredbo Recreational Grounds, the Bredbo Sheep Dog Trials feature categories from beginner to champion. Come along to watch working dogs do what they do best: herd sheep!
17-19 November, 2012
A brand-new international film festival that features the best of doggie cinema is being held in self-confessed “dog-crazy” Balmain. You’ll catch canine flicks from filmmakers hailing as far afield as the U.S., Canada and London, which will be judged by a prestigious panel, including Australian Oscar winner Bruce Petty.
Alison Turner is the Australia/New Zealand correspondent of Exceptional Canine. Turner has been a journalist and editor for over 10 years, working in a variety of subject areas, from men's and women's health, fitness and lifestyle to Australian Indigenous affairs.